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The Four Ancient Books of Wales
Edmonston and Douglas 1868. 2 Vols, 1st ed, VG, 1 Map, 5 Pls. In modern grey cloth, titles and tooling to spine in gilt. Internally, new endpapers, teg remainder uncut, half titles present, title pages in red and black inks. Vol 1, pencil name to half title, tissue guarded frontis present, [5], (vi-xiv), [2], [1], 2-600 pp, [1] adverts, 1 map (coloured & folding). 1 pl (coloured), printed by R Clark, Edinburgh. Vol 2, [5], (vi-xiv), 496 pp, 4 pls (coloured), some light finger soiling, , minimal occasional spotting, paper repair to gutter last leaf. A very good copy of an important title. Allibone 2116. The four books are The Black book of Carmarthen, The Book of Aneurin, The Book of Taliesin, The Red book of Hergest. The Welsh text is contained in v. 2, the English translation in v. 1. Includes index. Title continues: Containing the Cymric Poems attributed to the Bards of the Sixth Century. Skene, historian and Celtic scholar published the manuscripts known as The Four Ancient Books of Wales (the Black Book of Carmarthen, the Book of Aneirin, the Book of Taliesin, and the Red Book of Hergest) in two volumes, with a commentary on fifth- and sixth-century British history with particular reference to the Gwyr y Gogledd, the 'men of the north', and to King Arthur, whom Skene took to be a historical character. This ground was not to be traversed again in such scholarly fashion until the publication in 1949 of H. M. Chadwick's Early Scotland. See ODNB.
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